Issue > Editor's Note
Clay artist Charlie Barmonde, heavily influenced by his experience as a mariner, creates captivatingly graceful forms "to inspire reflection on the role of technology in our lives and the interface between humanity and the natural world." "A ship, by design," he says, "has to work within the parameters nature sets forth, and a mariner must profoundly connect with these forces. Elementally though, a boat, while requiring a deep and honest connection to natural forces, is a technology and therefore a barrier between man and nature." Charlie trusts sight to bridge that gap.
Born in 1976, Barmonde began working with clay in high school. With a degree in ceramics and art history from Marlboro College in Vermont, he has plied his craft in Vermont, Florida, New York City and, since 2003, on the south coast of Rhode Island. In 2009 he graduated from UMASS Dartmouth's post-baccalaureate program in ceramics. Charlie is represented in collections nationwide and has earned the distinction, "Best of Rhode Island 2011." See Barmonde's past and current work at his Little Compton ceramics studio: barmondestudios.com and visit Charlie at Barmonde Ceramics on Facebook.
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